African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4131

Full Length Research Paper

Stakeholder participation: An empirical investigation

Sudi Nangoli
  • Sudi Nangoli
  • Makerere University Business School, Uganda.
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Sophia Namiyingo
  • Sophia Namiyingo
  • Makerere University Business School, Uganda.
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Levi Kabagambe
  • Levi Kabagambe
  • Makerere University Business School, Uganda.
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Rehema Namono
  • Rehema Namono
  • Busitema University Faculty of Management sciences, Uganda.
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Mahmood Jaaza
  • Mahmood Jaaza
  • Makerere University Business School, Uganda.
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Mohammed Ngoma
  • Mohammed Ngoma
  • Makerere University Business School, Uganda.
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  •  Received: 25 January 2015
  •  Accepted: 05 April 2016
  •  Published: 28 April 2016

Abstract

Studies point to the fact that most stakeholders in health projects implemented by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Uganda have in some one way or another, not been optimally involved in their implementation. This has led to various projects failing to provide anticipated benefits on a sustainable basis. This study therefore aimed at examining the level of stakeholder participation on health projects in Uganda.  Methodologically, this study adopted quantitative research design. The results indicated that some key project stakeholders are neither involved in the consultative meeting for the projects, nor in design of the project. The study findings showed that the level of stakeholder participation in health projects among NGOs in Uganda is still low. The implication is that if stakeholders are not actively involved in the project by being consulted, taking up roles and making decisions concerning the health interventions which impact them; this is likely to negatively affect the sustainability of the project. It was thus recommended that stakeholders should be consulted as regards the project before it is implemented and that this participation should be encouraged throughout the project life. This may be in form of letting stakeholders air out their views in the consultative meetings for the project, consulting them on the needs identification for the project, and carrying out leadership roles for the project.

Key words: Stakeholder participation, project management, health projects, Uganda.